The monthly round-up of what’s new in low/no, beer, cider, wine, spirits, RTDs and mixers
Whitley Neill Japanese Yuzu and White Strawberry Gin
USP: The latest gin in Whitley Neill’s flavoured line up combines sweet, fresh notes of white strawberries with citrus notes of Japanese yuzu. Poppy Williams, group marketing manager, Halewood Artisanal Spirits, said: “Japanese flavours, from matcha and miso to yuzu and nashi, have seen a real surge in popularity over recent years. The pairing of yuzu and white strawberry is perfect balance of sweet and citrus, which we’re confident our customers will love. Plus, it is extremely versatile, and can be enjoyed simply with a mixer or in a variety of cocktails”.
Roku Sakura Bloom Edition
USP: House of Suntory’s Roku Gin is launching its first limited edition gin with floral notes of Sakura blossom. Inspired by the peak of Japan’s cherry blossom season in spring, the gin is now available in Tesco, and is set to be launched in Waitrose and Sainsbury’s in the coming weeks.
USP: Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange, Foursquare Mystique is a 14YO rum, matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks. Dawn Davies, head buyer at The Whisky Exchange, said: “[Foursquare] rums are the perfect stepping stone for the whisky drinker who wants to explore this fast-growing category as well as providing delicious liquid for the rum lover.”
Hive Mind Spiced Honey Rum
USP: The Spiced Honey Rum is set to be the first release in Hive Mind’s new collection of spirits. Kit Newell, co-founder of Hive Mind, said: “We’ve been working behind the scenes all year to develop a unique range of spirits to add to our catalogue of traditional and sparkling meads and honey beers. Showcasing honey in another style of drink really highlights how versatile it is.”
Glenmorangie Calvados Cask Finish
USP: Glenmorangie Highland single malt Scotch has launched its first whisky finished in French Calvados casks. Glenmorangie Calvados Cask Finish is the fifth release in the distillery’s Barrel Select Release series of small-batch single malts, which explores the flavours that arise from different cask finishes.
Gwalarn Celtic Malt
USP: French whisky brand, Celtic Whisky Distillerie has launched a new single malt whisky, Gwalarn Celtic Malt. The whisky joins the growing Celtic Whisky family, alongside the previously launched Gwalarn Celtic Whisky Blend and the distillery’s established French whiskies Glann Ar Mor and Kornog.
Planteray Cut & Dry Coconut Rum
Maison Ferrand and West Indies Rum Distillery have announced the global release of Planteray Cut & Dry Coconut Rum, a 100% Barbadian rum infused with locally and sustainably sourced coconut.
Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind
USP: The launch of Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind will be supported by a £3.5 million marketing campaign across social, digital and out of home. Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind has been made with tamarind fruit, notes of lime, spice from a mix of chillies and Smirnoff vodka to create a “bold and sweet-meets-spicy flavour”.
Warrendale Wagyu’s Wa-Gyn
USP: Wagyu beer producer Warrendale has launched a fat-washed gin, Wa-Gyn. Triple filtered, the gin is washed with molten Wagyu fat for 48 hours on one of their Wagyu farms in Lancashire.
Bonnington Single Malt
USP: Halewood Artisanal Spirits has launched the inaugural release from its Bonnington Distillery in Leith, with 500 bottles entering the market. Bonnington Single Malt is a single cask, Lowland single malt Scotch whisky, aged in ruby port casks.
6 O’clock Elderflower Gin
USP: 6 O’clock Gin has introduced the latest addition to their Distiller’s Archive Series: Elderflower Gin. Following the inaugural release, Spiced Orange and Cranberry Gin, launched in autumn last year, Elderflower Gin is a blend of traditional botanicals infused with the essence of elderflowers.
Hattingley Valley Valentine’s Rosé 2020
USP: Hampshire winery Hattingley Valley is releasing a limited edition version of its sparkling Rosé 2020 ahead of Valentine’s Day with a pink, heart-shaped label. It is available as a single bottle, in a gift box with a handwritten note (£50) or, as part of a luxury gift set with two tulip glasses and a golden Hattingley Valley bottle stopper (£90).
Nice Session range
USP: Nice has released two lower abv wines (3.4% abv), a Sauvignon Blanc and a Merlot, with the aim of replicating the taste and mouthfeel of a full-strength wine while catering to consumers who are moderating their alcohol intake.
Berry’s Own Selection Champagne Rosé Extra Brut
USP: Berry Bros & Rudd has launched its first ever Berry’s Own rosé Champagne. Made by producer Leclerc Briant, the wine is a blend of 93% Chardonnay and 7% Pinot Noir resulting in notes of marzipan and raspberry.
Domaine Bousquet’s Virgen Vineyards Organic Malbec 2022
USP: Argentina-based exporter of organic wines, Domaine Bousquet, has launched its first wine with Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC) into the UK: Virgen Vineyards Organic Malbec 2022. The Gualtallary Valley-based estate became the fourth winery worldwide – the first outside the US – to achieve ROC status in 2022.
Orbit Beers Belgian Wit Peel
£31.50 (pack of 12)
USP: Launching in February, Orbit Beers is introducing a Belgian-style wheat beer to its core range, replacing the original recipe of its Belgian Pale Ale. Orbit’s general manager Robbie Sykes said: “At Orbit Beers, we’re committed to quality and always aim to champion the unsung heroes of European brewing culture here in the UK, and the Belgian-style wit is certainly one of them!”
Sandford Orchards x Moons Cider Orchard Moon
£35 (12 x 50cl)
USP: Devon-based cidery Sandford Orchards has collaborated with fellow producer Moons Cider to create Orchard Moon. The partnership came about after Moons was crowned the winner of Sandford’s Breakthrough Cider Maker Awards 2022.
Vault City Iron Brew range
4.8% – 6.4% abv
£3.50 – £5.80
USP: Edinburgh-based brewer Vault City has relaunched its Iron Brew sour beer – inspired by soft drink Irn Bru – alongside two new beers: Iron Brew Float and Fiery Ginger Iron. The range will be available in around 100 bars across the UK and on Vault City’s website.
Abrahalls Cider Range
6% abv each
USP: Cider producer Celtic Marches has redesigned the packaging for its Abrahalls brand to provide a more premium look. The existing range comprises Abrahalls Dry Cider, Medium Cider and Vintage Cider
T&R Theakston’s Quencher
USP: T&R Theakston’s new 3.4% abv Quencher received an “incredible” on-trade reception when it launched last year. Now, the brewer is bringing Quencher to the off-trade. It is brewed using pearl barley and English grown Sovereign and Eldorado hops.
£11.99 (4 x 44cl)
USP: Brewed with Renegade Brewery, Hoax is a new non-alcoholic IPA created with music venues in mind as founders look to offer a low/no beer option for gig-goers. Described as full-bodied and sessionable, it has notes of citrus, passion fruit and pine.
USP: Giffard Liqueurs has launched a new alcohol-free range featuring four flavours inspired by its classic liqueurs: Elderflower, Grapefruit, Ginger, and Pineapple.
Be Cocktail range
£3 per can
USP: RTD producer and distributor Global Brands has launched a range of cocktails featuring nitro-infused Passion Fruit Martini, Piña Colada and Strawberry Daiquiri, as well as a Margarita and a sparkling Paloma.